Friday was the memorial gathering for Bob Elliott, a friend I used to work with for years at the Forest Service. Unfortunately I had an appointment in Prince George which lasted longer than expected, so we were late in getting back to McBride for the event. As soon as I got back home I left for Bob’s memorial, hoping that it was still going on.
Fortunately, it was just down our road so I didn’t have far to go. I didn’t know exactly where it was being held, but there where signs along the road which I followed. They took me down the road beside, and then behind, the cement yard. I had never been down there before and didn’t know what to expect. I rounded a curve that overlooked the valley bottom below; full of cars parked in a hayfield.
It was a beautiful setting which made me feel really good. Bob was a popular guy in the area and that was evident by the large turnout. Once I had parked, I wandered over to the groups of people socializing. By the time I arrived, the organized part of the memorial had finished and so I just entered into the conversations. I mostly sought out my old co-workers from the Forest Service. I was cheered to see Grant there, someone whose company I had always enjoyed, who had moved away and I had not seen for more than twenty years.
There was a picnic type dinner served and people ate under the large tent as dusk began along with a light shower. I was very impressed with the community’s good-bye to my old workmate.
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